Saturday, October 10, 2009
Metric Marathon October 4, 2009 in Harwood, Maryland
I was told the course was hilly with significant hills at miles 12 and 14. The course did not disappoint and lived up to it's "hilly" status. And that hill at mile 14, it was mile 14. According to my Garmin we totaled 2183 feet of ascent/descent during the 16 plus mile race! I was surprised and my knees felt it the minute I crossed the finish line.
Kathleen, Kelley and I started out conservatively, mid pack, with no time goals other then to complete the distance. We all settled into a comfortable pace and the miles literally passed by quickly as we shared conversation and laughs. I was really having fun getting to know my new friends better.
I did not carry any fuel except for one Gu. The water stations were spread out every 2 to 4 miles (I believe) which in general was fine. Got a little anxious for water once. Kelley was kind enough to share a few jelly beans later in the race.